16 items every photographer needs

While taking epic photographs requires skill and talent, owning the right equipment can help you be a great photographer. From lenses to cleaning kits, there is a range of items you’ll need. Once you have the essential items, you can consider purchasing additional equipment that will enable you to improve the quality of your work. You can find a wide range of quality photography equipment for sale on Junk Mail.

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A good camera

Investing in a good camera provides a great foundation for you to build on with other photography equipment. While buying a quality camera from a reputable brand requires an initial investment, it will save you money in the long run.


Owning the right lenses is important for any photographer. Different lenses enable you to take different types of photos. Start with one lens and add additional lenses to your collection as your photography skills improve.

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Filters can be used to change colour temperatures as well as to create different effects. If you enjoy landscape photography, a neutral density filter is a worthwhile investment. ND filters are useful if you want to take long-exposure shots. Circular polarisers can also enhance the quality of your images.


When it comes to photography equipment, a tripod is a must-have for any photographer. Tripods offer you stability when you’re taking photos. It is useful for a wide range of different types of photography, which includes wedding, portrait, and landscape photos. Tripods are essential when you’re taking photos in low lighting conditions.

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External flash

An external flash is an important piece of photography equipment for low-lighting conditions and night photography. It also enables you to take better pictures and is preferred over an on-board camera flash, as it provides better control, has its own batteries, illuminates objects better, and is adjustable to ensure you get the best quality photographs.

External hard drive

As your collection of photographs increases, you’ll need a hard drive to store them on. You can use your external hard drives to backup images and to organise them so they’re easy to access. It’s advisable to invest in a good quality hard drive that is resistant to moisture and dust.

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Photo printer

A photo printer enables you to provide your clients with photos right away and is great for events such as matric farewells, school photo shoots, and corporate events.

Memory cards

Depending on the type of camera you have, the photos can be quite large and can take up space very quickly so it’s advisable to have various large SD cards with you at all times to ensure you don’t run out of space. SD cards can also become damaged or corrupted, so it’s vital to always have backups.

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Memory card wallets

Make sure that your memory cards are organised and easy to find with a specially designed wallet. These wallets also help to protect your memory cards from damage. As these cards contain all of your images, it’s important to keep them safe.

Memory card reader

A memory card reader adds convenience to uploading your images to your computer. It also speeds up this process, which is useful if you have a large quantity of images to upload.

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Collapsible reflector

A reflector is essential for portrait photography and it’s also used to take good-quality images of products and food. Look for a collapsible 5-in-1 reflector, which can be used in the studio or when you’re taking photos outdoors.

Additional camera straps

A camera strap helps to safeguard your camera from being damaged if it slips out of your hands. Investing in an additional camera strap makes taking photos a more comfortable experience. Try out the different types of straps to find out which variation offers you the most comfort.

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Photography bag

A camera bag makes it easier to carry your photography equipment around with you. It is designed to offer you the compartments you need to keep your equipment organised and easy to find. These bags also help protect your camera against bumps.

Cleaning kits

Proper care and maintenance of your photography equipment are important. Owning a cleaning kit makes it possible to keep your camera and lenses in good condition. Not only will proper maintenance increase the lifespan of your equipment, it will ensure that you’re able to take good quality photos. While cleaning equipment requires an initial outlay of cash, it will save you money in the long run.

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Don’t miss out on the perfect photograph because of a flat battery. You’ll need multiple sets of batteries as well as a battery charger to ensure that you’re always prepared. Your external flash unit will also require a few sets of rechargeable AA batteries.

Remote shutter release

A remote shutter release can be used in combination with your tripod to increase the clarity of your images. This device makes it possible to take a photo without touching the camera, which reduces blurring. You can buy remote shutter releases with a range of additional useful features.

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Whether you’re a professional photographer or starting a new hobby, owning the right equipment is essential. With a broad selection of new and used photography equipment for sale online, it’s easy to find what you’re looking for on Junk Mail.

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4 Responses

  1. Matome says:

    I need more info and more adds about photographic equipment

  2. Bongani Ntsele says:

    wow! I am the photographer , but still learning , I want to know more especial on the quality.

    • Jani Grey says:

      Hi Bongani,

      We’d like to suggest that you google terms like ‘camera quality’, ‘camera lens quality’ and anything similar or related. You’ll find plenty of helpful information.

      Kind regards,
      The Junk Mail Team

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